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Gravity Defying Spaghetti Cake

November 4, 2016

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Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and this year I decided to make him a gravity defying cake. He loves spaghetti and I thought a big bowl of it would be a perfect birthday cake.

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In my last post I talked about using plastic “real” looking silver utensils for my forked cake pop eyeballs. I had left over utensils from the eyeballs so I decided to use one of these forks in my gravity defying cake. The fork is actually glued to a wooden skewer and covered in fondant and buttercream sauce. It’s so simple.

For the actual cake, I carved a chocolate cake into the shape of a tall bowl. Then, I covered it in white fondant and starting making yellow noodles. Boy, did it take me a long time to make the noodles. I used a small clay extruder when I really should have used a pasta machine. I need to invest in one of those! Anyway, I draped the noodles around the edge of the bowl and piped orange/red buttercream on top. The Amicolor gel color I actually used was called terra-cotta. I also added crushed oreo cookies to the buttercream to make it look like spices and chunks of other spaghetti ingredients.

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When I brought out the cake my kids couldn’t believe that it was a cake. I even made a piece of garlic toast out of rice krispies treats that was covered in fondant. Sometimes cakes like this are hard to eat because your mind plays tricks on you. One year, I made my husband a cake that looked like bbq chicken wings….he really had a hard time eating that one and was a little grossed out!

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What a wonderful time we had with all of our family for my husband’s birthday. We look forward to having many more! We love you, babe.

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Halloween Forked Eyeball Cake Pops

October 31, 2016

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It’s that time of year again….HALLOWEEN!!! Our family loves Halloween and this year I wanted to share how I made this spooky forked eyeball cake pop.

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So, I’m not going to go through the whole process of making a cake pop but I will share how I made the cake pop look like an eyeball. Usually lollipop sticks are used for cake pops but this time I used plastic forks that looked like real silver. I found these at Walmart but they are a bit pricey compared to normal plastic utensils.

First, I dipped the tips of the forks into melted white chocolate and stuck the fork half way through the cake ball. I placed the tray of forked cake balls in the refrigerator for 10 minutes so the chocolate glued the ball and fork together. The cake balls are then dipped into the white chocolate and placed back on to the tray. Next, I cut out circles of colored fondant for the iris of the eyes and smaller black circles for the pupils. I placed the circles on the dipped cake balls with a little bit of vegetable shortening. I took a toothpick and put a tiny dot of white chocolate on the pupil to give it a “real” eye look.  I whipped up a small batch of royal icing and colored it red for the veins in the eye. The tiniest hole was cut in the end of the piping bag so my red veins would be nice and thin when piped in the eyeball.

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Here are our spooky carved pumpkins for tonight.

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Kylo Ren and Strawberry Shortcake!

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Forrest Gump and Wednesday Addams!

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Squirrel Cake Topper

September 29, 2016

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This weekend is my Father-In-Law’s birthday and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted me to make him. He told me not to make a big decorated cake but just a nice pineapple upside down cake. Well, I HAVE TO GIVE HIM SOME SORT OF DECOR!  So, I came up with a funny little squirrel that I’ll place right on top of the pineapples. He’s been trying to trap three squirrels that are eating his shed in the backyard and I thought it would be so funny to make a fondant squirrel for his cake. He has made it his mission to get those little rodents.

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The squirrel is made of rice krispies treats and covered in 50/50 fondant and modeling chocolate. The head is actually a foam egg and also covered in the 50/50. I ran out of 50/50 so the tail is just fondant. I painted the little guy with food color gel and vodka. The vodka waters down the gel and makes for perfect paint that is like watercolors.  I also dusted the squirrel with petal dust and a majority of him in chocolate cocoa powder.

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To get the look of the fur I used my wilton tool that has lots of lines on it…sorry I don’t know what it’s called. I scored lines all over his body but kept them in a flowing pattern. For the tail, I rolled out a sausage shape of fondant and used my tiny scissors to cut pointy pieces to resemble a fluffy tail.

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I also gave him a little smile, just for my Father-In-Law. I hope you like my squirrel!

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Giant Tennis Ball Cake

September 23, 2016

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This cake was made for a beautiful girl who was turning 18. That’s a big birthday because all the sudden you’re considered an adult….but you’re a still a kid too. I created decor that represents her life and what she loves to do.  Tennis is the main theme here and by the giant tennis ball on top, who would guess she LOVES tennis. I really enjoyed creating this cake because I love making little detailed decorations that make the cake a one of a kind.

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I don’t know a lot about tennis but I really enjoyed making the fondant tennis bag, racket and little tennis balls. The bag is made of Rice Krispies Treats and covered in fondant.

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I made the princess crown by shaping the tiara around a can of green beans. It’s the only thing I could find that had the right shape and size I needed for the cake. I laid the can on it’s side and covered it in wax paper and placed the ropes of fondant on the can to dry. After it was totally dry, I sprayed it with gold Wilton Color Mist.

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The giant tennis ball topper is the main focal point for the cake. (The ball was a styrofoam ball that I purchased at Joann’s craft store)  I wanted the ball to look furry like a real tennis ball. To get this look, I used a technique with a grass piping tip. All you do is lightly push and twist the tip into the fondant. I remembered a great tutorial I had seen a long time ago by Krazy Kool Cakes that showed how to make fur on a fondant Elmo topper. Here’s the link below:

 

 

 

 

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Sculpted Football With Notre Dame Leprechaun

September 20, 2016

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Last week was our second Notre Dame football game ever. We lost to Michigan State but we had a great time at the game. I decided to make another cake for the tailgate party and this time I made a giant football with another mean looking leprechaun on top.

I’ve only done a handful of sculpted cakes and this is one of them. I started out with three 13×9 inch cakes. I stacked them, iced them and put the cake into the freezer to harden the cake and icing. Ten minutes later, I used a really sharp serrated knife to carve the football. I printed out a simple picture of a football and used it as a guide for the size and shape.

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This is my second fighting leprechaun of the season. This little guy was like a bobble head doll. I wanted to exaggerate his head so I could show all of his angry features.

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He really wants to fight someone!

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I really like the look of the leprechaun jumping out of the cake. For this look, all I did was cut triangles and place them toward the figure. I then bent the tip of the triangle away from the figure to make it look like the football was busted open.

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Here’s the cake at the tailgate party….plywood makes a great table! I hope you enjoyed my Notre Dame tailgate cake and I hope to do another in a couple of weeks. GO IRISH!

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Notre Dame Football Tailgate Party Cake

September 11, 2016

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First of all, I apologize for the photos of this cake. It was very early in the morning and dark when I took the pictures.  I’ll try to do better next time.

This weekend was our family’s first ever Notre Dame football game. We’re new to the area and we were so excited to partake in the Notre Dame festivities of the pep rally, tailgating and the actual football game. Boy, did we have a wonderful time!

I decided to make a small and simple cake for our first ever tailgate party. It was a 7 inch chocolate cake with vanilla icing and Oreo cookie filling.  I covered the cake in white fondant and sprayed it with the gold Wilton color spray. I did make two mistakes here. The first mistake was I should have colored the fondant yellow to enhance the gold color. Second, I only bought one tiny little spray can of Wilton gold….I totally ran out and couldn’t touch it up at the end. I REALLY WISH I HAD AN AIRBRUSH MACHINE IN THIS MOMENT! Someday!

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This was my fighting Irish leprechaun cake topper….he looks so grumpy!

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Do you remember my structures from last week? Well, one structure became the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leprechaun.

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Here’s another photo of the cake topper. I think its so neat to see it in it’s beginning phase and at the end.  The topper was a real hit at the party. I made him out of a 50/50 mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant. Living in Indiana, I’m still getting used to the crazy humidity of the midwest. The party was outside and so the cake was totally exposed to the moisture in the air. When I tried to take the leprechaun off the cake he was so sweaty and mushy….but, he’s still in one piece.

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The small football on the side was made of rice krispies treats, covered in fondant.

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He really does look like he wants to fight someone!

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This is the cake at the party and the lighting was so much better. I hope to make more Fighting Irish cakes in the future, so stay tuned.

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Internal Structures For Cake Toppers

August 30, 2016

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Can you guess what I’m up to this week? I have a few cakes in the up coming weeks that have fondant toppers. My time is a little limited right now so I’m just trying to get a head start.

Almost every cake topper I make has some sort of internal structure. Anywhere from a toothpick or wooden skewer to a lollipop stick with wires. Fondant settles and if it’s too heavy without support, it will droop and get wrinkles.

For the cake toppers above I will be using a 50/50 mix of fondant and modeling chocolate. This mixture gives me more time to model and smooth out, without wrinkles and tears.

I’ll keep you posted on my new cakes in a couple of weeks.